What are the opposite words for surplusage?

Surplusage refers to an excess or unnecessary amount of something. The opposite of surplusage would be a deficiency or inadequacy. Other antonyms for surplusage may include scarcity, shortage, insufficiency, deficiency, lack or want. These words indicate a lack of something, a shortage or a shortfall. While surplusage can refer to an overabundance of something, these antonyms indicate a need or a lack of something. In terms of language, antonyms for surplusage would include brevity, concision, or succinctness, indicating a short and to-the-point mode of expression. While surplusage can be beneficial in some contexts, such as food supplies or economic situations, it is generally not desirable in other contexts, and antonyms for this word highlight this fact.

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leading the way
abandon, follow, misguide.